Rye Saison (Libertine)

The overall constellation of Saisons is sufficiently broad that beyond a bit of wheat and hay, there is little indication precisely what one is going to get when they taste an offering from the style. The beer pours with a yellow to light brown color and a whitish head that speckles its way down a glass. One will have to pour the Rye Saison fairly slowly, as there is a tendency for the head to accumulate to a pretty considerable size. Continue reading “Rye Saison (Libertine)”

Haze County (Double IPA)

We have been fortunate to receive a few brews from Austin, TX’s Hops & Grain Brewery over the last few years. In fact, their Porter Culture is bar none a world-class porter and represents one of the reasons we’d drive the eight hours to Austin. The brewery has just released their Haze County, a double IPA that rivals in quality the aforementioned PC. The beer pours with a orange-brown color and possesses a fair amount of off-white head that laces itself down a glass. The titular quality ensures that the beer is a bit murky; the initial sip indicates that the flavors here are as clear and crisp. Continue reading “Haze County (Double IPA)”

Breakfast Stout (Founders)

The one drawback to a number of the high-octane stouts we receive in NeuFutur is how much the alcoholic bite shines through. Sometimes, you just want an easy drinking stout that still possesses a good punch. We were able to find one that masterfully matches a higher than average alcohol content with a smoothness and complexity that will have us coming back for more. Founders’ seasonally-offered Breakfast Stout fits the bill. The beer pours with a dark brown coloration and an off-white to tan head that is slow to dissipate. Continue reading “Breakfast Stout (Founders)”

Saison Au Genièvre (Left Hand)

Saison Au Genièvre, Left Hand Brewing’s current seasonal offering, is a smooth-drinking effort that possesses a tremendous amount of flavors. The beer pours with a yellow to gold coloration with a decent amount of fluffy white head that rapidly dissipates. There is little in the way of lacing here; the initial nose of Saison Au Genièvre has a good amount of yeast and a bit of booziness. The first time that one delves into the beer they will be greeted with hints of pears and apples and a bit of crackers. The sweetness does marvelously in keeping away the considerable dryness that is a part of the saison style. I feel that Left Hand’s latest saison is a tremendous shake up to a somewhat stale style. Continue reading “Saison Au Genièvre (Left Hand)”

Exile on Broad Street (Libertine)

Libertine has given their Biere de Garde a bit of time in brandy barrels, which gives the brew a bit of a bite that has a tendency to take one’s breath away. The beer pours with a light brown to dark tan coloration ad a fair amount of off-white head that is fairly slow to dissipate. The beer’s nose has hints of a farmhouse and hay funk, while the initial sip of Exile on Broad Street has an immediate sweetness from the peaches. The tart twang comes forth pretty immediately after that, which is a bit reminiscent of sweet tarts. There are enough twists and turns to Exile on Broad Street that become more and less prevalent as the beer continues to reach room temperature.  Continue reading “Exile on Broad Street (Libertine)”

Stopping by Flying Heart Brewery (Bossier, LA)

We just settled down in the Ark-La-Tex a few weeks ago, and have stopped by a few Bossier/Shreveport breweries. Flying Heart was particularly popping on the weekend, and we decided to settle in and try a few of their efforts. While they had just cashed their Milk Maid Stout, we had a chance to try our their porter, Barrel 52. Pouring with a dark brown to nearly-blackish coloration and little in the way of a head, Barrel 52 was formidable, full of flavor, and stood up to crazy hot temperatures like a champ. Barrel 52 possessed hints of chocolate, coffee, and a good amount of toasted malt; while there was a bit of sweetness to this brew, it was moderated nicely by the bit of bitterness present. By pegging Barrel 52 at a 7.4% ABV, Flying Heart has ensured that the beer has a bit more complex of a flavor profile than many of the 5-6% ABV porters we’ve had over the years. Continue reading “Stopping by Flying Heart Brewery (Bossier, LA)”

Fogcutter Double IPA (Lost Coast Brewery)

Fogcutter is Lost Coast’s Double IPA, pouring with a dark yellow to brownish coloration. There is a fair amount of whitish head that leaves lacing as one continues to drink a glass. There is a sharp, piney initial flavor that opens up gradually. A hint of sweetness works with more floral and fruit elements, making for a double IPA that hits the hoppy and fruity sides of the style. While this is a 8.7% ABV, Lost Coast has ensured their Fogcutter goes down easily. There is a hint of an alcohol bite that peeks through at points, but it works well with the numerous other voices present in the beer. Continue reading “Fogcutter Double IPA (Lost Coast Brewery)”

S’Muttonator (Double Bock)

S’Muttonator is the first offering from the Heritage Beers line from Smuttynose; this new program will bring back some of the classic beers that the brewery has crafted in the earlier days. S’Muttonator is a double bock pegged at the 9.2% ABV mark, which is hidden masterfully in the brew. The beer pours with a brown to dark brown coloration and a good amount of off-white / beige head. The initial sip deftly blends together the sweet with a hot snap; afterwards, hints of brown sugar, toffee, and toasted malts can all be discerned.

The specific constellation of flavors that one will pick up at any specific sip of S’Muttonator is up to chance; there is a dense array of notes that ebb and flow. There is a bit more of the brown sugar element and wheat that becomes evident as the beer is allowed to reach to room temperature. Before one completes the bottle, dates, honey, and cloves can be picked out. It is this complexity that will be appreciated over the course of a 4-pack, with S’Muttonator have complexity to keep one as eager to drain the last bottle as they were when they opened up the first.

For more information about the entirety of the efforts that Smuttynose provides visit their website;  their social networking service profiles (Facebook and Twitter) are great repositories for new product availability and events that are related to their brewery. Over the course of the last few years, we’ve covered a number of Smuttynose brews. Check out our coverage of The Stallion,  Smistletoe,  Smoked Peach Short Weisse,  Imperial StoutHayseedRhye IPAParadoXReally Old Dog,DurtyKindest FindOktoberfest,  Bouncy House and Cherry Short Weisse.

Rating 8.8/10

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Peach Bum IPA (Indeed Brewing)

Indeed has released a seasonal for the summer months in their Peach Bum IPA. The beer pours with a brownish-orange coloration and a small amount of off-white head. I feel that the inclusion of peaches into the mix does well to push the beer towards the New England style of IPAs, while the brewery includes enough of the way of a traditional hop bite to make Peach Bum a great sort of shower or lawnmower beer. Throughout each can, one will find hints of the titular peach, apricots, citrus, and both floral and hoppy elements. It is this depth to Peach Bum IPA that ensures one will keep interested throughout. Despite having a lower ABV, Peach Bum is able to keep the overall constellation of flavors present from its initial sip to the final quaff.  Continue reading “Peach Bum IPA (Indeed Brewing)”

Wake-N-Bake (Terrapin Brewing)

2016 marked the first time Georgia’s own Terrapin Brewing placed their imperial oatmeal stout Wake-N-Bake into cans, and was one of the first times that we in Ohio were easily able to get their products.  The Wake-N-Bake is a delectable beer with a strong coffee flavor, due to the contributions from Jittery Joe’s Coffee. Continue reading “Wake-N-Bake (Terrapin Brewing)”